Monthly Archives: December 2014

Costs of Marketing

Costs of Marketing

Heather Smith Thomas

Angus Beef Bulletin Extra

Marketing cattle efficiently and at the proper time can make money. There are many costs involved in getting cattle to market, and it is important to minimize those costs. Many cattle producers do a good job of getting the calves born, keeping them healthy, and minimizing sickness and death loss; however, they do an average or poor job of marketing and thus reduce their potential profit.

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NCBA Says APHIS Should Rethink Allowing Fresh Beef in From Argentina

NCBA Says APHIS Should Rethink Allowing Fresh Beef in From Argentina

Oklahoma Farm Report

Both state and national cattle groups have raised concerns over the USDA proposal to allow fresh or frozen beef from Argentina into the United States. APHIS contends that beef from both Brazil and Argentina is safe and that cattle groups should not be concerned about the history of FMD- foot and mouth disease- in both countries.

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The Esophageal Feeder – a life-saving tool for calves

The Esophageal Feeder – a life-saving tool for calves

Dr. Michelle Arnold

Drovers

"Failure of passive transfer" of immunity (also called "FPT") occurs when a calf fails to absorb an adequate quantity and quality of immunoglobulin prior to closure of the intestine that occurs at approximately 24 hours after birth. FPT has been linked with increased calf morbidity (sickness), mortality (death), and a reduction in calf growth rate and feed efficiency.

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UT Extension 2015 Beef Management Calendar Now Available

UT Extension 2015 Beef Management Calendar Now Available

Sevier News Messenger

Smart herd management is one of the keys to a profitable cattle operation, and experts with University of Tennessee Extension strive to help producers make informed decisions that will affect their herd’s health, productivity and ultimately profitability.

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MU Extension beef cattle conference in Stockton Jan. 27

MU Extension beef cattle conference in Stockton Jan. 27

Bolivar Herald Free Press

The Southwest Missouri MU Extension Beef Cattle Conference begins at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the Stockton United Methodist Church.

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Feedyard inventories top year-ago number

Feedyard inventories top year-ago number

John Maday

Bovine Veterinarian

As of December 1, the number of cattle in U.S. feedyards with capacity of 1,000 head or more stood at 10.9 million head, which was up 1 percent from the total one year earlier, according to the USDA’s December Cattle on Feed report.

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Online Tool Helps Livestock Producers Mitigate Odors

Online Tool Helps Livestock Producers Mitigate Odors

Beef Producer

A team of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists have developed the Air Management Practices Assessment Tool, a web-based online tool to help livestock and poultry producers compare odor mitigation techniques that could be useful on their farms.

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Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

Texas ranchers seeking alternative incomes

BETSY BLANEY AND EMILY SCHMALL      

Lubbock Avalanche  Journal

The Muleshoe Ranch’s profits were chopped in half when the drought withered pastures, dried up stock tanks and forced the owner to move most of his cattle out of state.

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Reducing calf scours starts with the cow before delivery

Reducing calf scours starts with the cow before delivery

Craig Belknap

Progressive Cattleman

As cow-calf producers, we hear a lot about what we can do to reduce calf scours. We often feel as though we’re doing our job when we make sure our calving areas are clean and we’ve got cows bedded prior to calving.

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App helps educate beef industry

App helps educate beef industry

Farm and Dairy

A mobile app for smartphone and tablets developed by the California Beef Council is helping foodservice professionals become more knowledgeable about beef and beef production.

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BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen

BeefTalk: Revising the Bull Pen

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Each year, the Dickinson Research Extension Center reviews the bulls from the previous year to cut back on what bulls need to be overwintered. Because the bulls are bought based on their ability to transmit the right genes into the cow herd, their expected progeny difference (EPD) values already have stood the evaluation tests of when they were purchased.

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Managing feedlot cattle comfort in the winter

Managing feedlot cattle comfort in the winter

Dan Loy

High Plains Journal

Managing stress in the winter time can improve the performance of feedlot cattle. Cattle respond to cold stress by burning more calories to maintain body temperature.

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Can Buying Late-Bred Cows Lead to Higher Revenue?

Can Buying Late-Bred Cows Lead to Higher Revenue?

Beef Producer

Record high cattle prices have led to questions about additional revenue-generating options in the market, one of them being the possibility of buying bred cows, then selling both the cow and the calf later.

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Putting a lid on methane from cattle

Putting a lid on methane from cattle

Asheville Courier Tribune

Editor’s note: Stories of this ilk are included in the blog to inform those in our industry how agriculture is being presented to and perceived by the public.

The $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill signed by President Barack Obama contains many giveaways to Wall Street, casinos and the coal industry. But the ones that might do the most severe damage long-term have to do with, of all things, the digestive systems of cattle.

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Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show Feb. 11

Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show Feb. 11

Southeast Farm Press

The 30th annual Northwest Florida Beef Conference and Trade Show will be Feb. 11 at the Jackson County Agriculture Conference Center in Marianna, Florida.

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Testing forage helps ensure proper livestock nutrition

Testing forage helps ensure proper livestock nutrition

Tracy Turner

AG Answers

Colder weather means livestock need more energy to be able to withstand harsh winter conditions outdoors, according to a forages expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.

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Understanding Temple Grandin And More: Behind The Scenes Of A Reddit AMA

Understanding Temple Grandin And More: Behind The Scenes Of A Reddit AMA

Michael Humphrey

Forbes

It was a brilliant moment in a large collection of memorable AMAs and yesterday Colorado State added an element on Facebook that makes it even better: a behind-the-scenes look at Grandin answering the questions, while doctoral candidate Ruth Woiwode typed in her answers.

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Can we use genetics instead of chemistry to control disease?

Can we use genetics instead of chemistry to control disease?

Alison Van Eenennaam

Progressive Cattleman

The most expensive health problem facing the cattle industry is bovine respiratory disease (BRD), or shipping fever. This disease complex is triggered by a number of interdependent factors including stressors such as weaning and transportation, exposure to new viral and bacterial agents, acclimatization to a new location and the establishment of a pecking order among new penmates.

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Cattle Jingle All the Way to Trombone Playing Rancher

Cattle Jingle All the Way to Trombone Playing Rancher

AgWeb

Calling in cattle for a little feeding and counting can be done in many ways, but Kansas cattle producer Derek Klingenberg has one of the more unique cattle calls. Armed with his trombone and a present for his calves Klingenberg proceeds to call them in with Christmas inspired tune, “Jingle All The Way.”

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Rich history, strong future at Tom Brothers Ranch

Rich history, strong future at Tom Brothers Ranch

Merridee Wells

Southern Livestock Standard

Tom Brothers Ranch, a formidable south Texas operation located in Camp-bellton, can trace its roots to 1857, and is proud to claim Ellen Campbell Tom as family matriarch and attributes the ranch’s growth and success to the widow of Charles Tom, the ranch’s founder.

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